Fun for All

Unique ideas for in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties that go be­yond the tra­di­tional

Hong Kong Tatler Weddings - - CONTENTS - BY STEVEN CRANE

Unique ideas for in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties that go be­yond the tra­di­tional

Wed­dings that in­volve all the guests leave last­ing mem­o­ries—so don’t re­strict them to the role of spec­ta­tors. With these in­ter­ac­tive re­cep­tion ideas from some of Hong Kong’s top wed­ding plan­ners, keep­ing your fam­ily and friends en­ter­tained has never been eas­ier.

Fairest Ones

Guests can put their own twist on Snow White’s marvel­lous look­ing glass with a Magic Mir­ror Photo Booth, a full-length in­ter­ac­tive mir­ror that takes the selfie con­cept to a whole new level, ac­cord­ing to Vicky C, founder and chief wed­ding stylist at The Theme Wed­ding De­sign.

With a user-friendly in­ter­face that com­mu­ni­cates through a touch screen of colourful an­i­ma­tions and voice guid­ance, guests can cre­ate cus­tomised pho­tos to take home as me­men­tos, as well as boomerang GIFs—high-qual­ity mini videos that can be shared im­me­di­ately via so­cial me­dia. “With this high-tech van­ity mir­ror, the bride and her guests will all feel like the fairest one of all each time they look into it,” says Vicky C.

Piece Of­fer­ings

A unique wed­ding in­vi­ta­tion al­ter­na­tive and keep­sake all wrapped into one, jig­saw puz­zle wed­ding in­vites are a great choice for artis­tic cou­ples and will mo­ti­vate their guests to gather and lit­er­ally piece to­gether the wed­ding por­trait, sug­gests Michele Li, founder and di­rec­tor of The Wed­ding Com­pany.

When send­ing out in­vi­ta­tions, she says, in­clude a piece of a puz­zle made with the bride and groom’s pre-wed­ding photo, and a re­quest to bring the puz­zle piece to the re­cep­tion (tip: or­der a sec­ond set that has been as­sem­bled and num­bered at the back so your plan­ner can quickly fill in any gaps caused by miss­ing pieces). Af­ter the wed­ding, the puz­zle can be glued to­gether and framed to hang on a wall, or dis­as­sem­bled and put back in the box for a life­long wed­ding keep­sake.

Flo­ral Lau­rels

An in­ter­ac­tive flower booth filled with flo­ral blooms and fo­liage is a fresh, fra­grant, fun el­e­ment to add to a wed­ding, rec­om­mends Joan Auyang, part­ner at White Bridal Sa­lon. “Guests sim­ply pick the flow­ers and fo­liage they want, and then make their own mini bou­quets or bou­ton­nieres—or they can have an on­site florist cre­ate a stylish ar­range­ment for them to take home,” she says, adding that the flower booth not only makes a ma­jor decor state­ment but also serves as a colourful fo­cal point for pic­ture-tak­ing.

Mix Masters

The bar is usu­ally one of the most pop­u­lar ar­eas of the re­cep­tion. While ar­rang­ing for a prop­erly stocked and staffed main bar is a must, plan­ners at The Theme Wed­ding De­sign en­cour­age cou­ples to add their own twist to the clas­sic cham­pagne toast with a DIY mi­mosa bar.

The in­gre­di­ents are sim­ple: cham­pagne, chilled cit­rus juices and fruit—orange, ap­ple, lemon, cran­berry, pineap­ple, pas­sion fruit, guava, pome­gran­ate and grape­fruit—and gar­nishes such as cher­ries, mint, thyme, can­died ginger and con­sum­able flow­ers. The bar’s decor can be as elab­o­rate as you wish, as long as it fits the over­all de­sign of your re­cep­tion. “To make their day as per­son­alised as pos­si­ble, en­cour­age your guests to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions and gar­nishes,” says Vicky C.

Clock­wise from op­po­site page: A flower booth for guests to make their own mini bou­quets; a DIY mi­mosa bar will al­low guests to per­son­alise their own drinks; a lit­tle area can be set up es­pe­cially for the guests’ ca­nine pets

Puppy Love

“Ideally, ev­ery an­i­mal lov­ing cou­ple and their guests would have their pets ac­com­pany them at the wed­ding re­cep­tion,” says White Bridal Sa­lon’s Joan Auyang. Un­for­tu­nately, this isn't al­ways practical. For cou­ples who hold their wed­dings at out­door venues, however, dogs are the eas­i­est four-legged friends to man­age.

“Whether your dog is an ac­tive part of the cer­e­mony—a ring bearer, per­haps— or just there to join in on the fun, you can in­clude them on your spe­cial day by cre­at­ing an area where guests can play ball or fris­bee with their ca­nine friends, by set­ting up a nicely styled dog treats ta­ble with take-home dog­gie bags, and by ar­rang­ing a photo booth where guests can have mem­o­rable snaps taken with their beloved pooches,” says Auyang.

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